Cruz, Paul ‘Look Into’ Jade Helm 15 Conspiracy

Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, perhaps the two highest-ranking legislators in America that believe in and promote right-wing conspiracy theories, have told their followers that they would look into the loopy claim that the Pentagon’s military exercise, Jade Helm 15, is a plot to take over the Southwest. Here’s Rand Paul:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said in a recent interview that he’d “look at” a planned U.S. military training exercise that conspiracy theorists believe may be a cover for the implementation of martial law.

Des Moines, Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson asked the Republican presidential candidate in an April 21 interview whether he was up to speed on the training exercise dubbed “Jade Helm” that’s scheduled to take place in several southwestern states.

“You know I’ve gotten a few questions about it on the road and I really don’t—” Paul responded. “I’m not sure about exactly what is going on with that.”

“It’s making some people nervous, but it doesn’t take much to make people nervous nowadays,” Mickelson said. “If you get a chance to, I’d like to know what the rest of the story is on that.”

“We’ll look at that also,” Paul assured him.

Cruz says he’s already made inquiries about it:

“My office has reached out to the Pentagon to inquire about this exercise,” said Cruz while appearing at the South Carolina Republican Party’s annual convention. “We are assured it is a military training exercise. I have no reason to doubt those assurances, but I understand the reason for concern and uncertainty, because when the federal government has not demonstrated itself to be trustworthy in this administration, the natural consequence is that many citizens don’t trust what it is saying.”

This is what happens when you court the paranoid far-right. You can’t say “That’s just ridiculous” when some wingnut asks you about it. You have to at least pretend to take it seriously and say that the concern is legitimate.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Ah yes, Rand Paul, the same guy who tried to stir up fear of diseases from Darkest Africa by saying you could get ebola at a cocktail party. Still think this guy is going to inject any new thinking into the Republican Party?

  • raven

    Still think this guy is going to inject any new thinking into the Republican Party?

    Sure.

    As a Lovecraftian horror from beyond space and time, he is certain to have some new thoughts.

    Mostly along the lines, of which wine goes best with human brains?

    Ron Paul: U.S. secession is already ‘happening’ | MSNBC

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    Feb 23, 2015 – Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) recent appearance at a pro-secession conference. …

    His father has been advocating secession and the breakup of the USA for years now.

    This isn’t new and didn’t work so well last time though.

    Nothing says patriotism and love of the USA like trying to destroy it.

  • dingojack

    I hear they’re gonna look into the Loch Ness Monster*, Crop-circles, Bigfoot, El Dorado and the Fountain of Youth. If they’ve got any time left over from their extensive stays in sun-drenched holiday destinations ‘secret evil Government plan’ hotspots, they’ve got Perpetual Motion and Creating Gold From Lead to look into. And don’t imagine that they haven’t got their laser-like focus on Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy as well!!

    @@ Dingo

    —————

    * not literally, although — never look at gift horse…

  • http://healthvsmedicine.blogspot.com cervantes

    You have to admit though, Jade Helm is a weird name.

  • raven

    Still think this guy is going to inject any new thinking into the Republican Party?

    To be fair, Rand Paul’s economic and tax plans would be the end of the USA.

    He wants to cut taxes drastically and devolve federal powers back to the states, including Medicare and Social Security.

    I suppose this is sort of new. A new way to impoverish the US population and end the US government.

    PS I won’t say it won’t happen someday. No empire like the USA has ever lasted. None. I just hope it all hangs together for a few more decades, my projected remaining lifespan.

  • Chiroptera

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, perhaps the two highest-ranking legislators in America that believe in and promote right-wing conspiracy theories, have told their followers that they would look into the loopy claim that the Pentagon’s military exercise, Jade Helm 15, is a plot to take over the Southwest.

    I think it would be far more productive and instructive if someone were to “look into” the state of our educational system and so-called news media to find out why there are so many of these kinds of nuts running around.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    cervantes “You have to admit though, Jade Helm is a weird name.”

    Indy finding it was the best part of the Temple of Doom.

  • dingojack

    MO – Are you sure that it wasn’t Jesse Helms that Indy dug up?

    Dingo

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, perhaps the two highest-ranking legislators in America that believe in and promote right-wing conspiracy theories…

    Nah, Sen. James Inhofe has seniority over both of ’em put together.

    You can’t say “That’s just ridiculous” …

    One Texas Republican did – but he’s a former state legislator.

  • grumpyoldfart

    They are “looking into it” for only one reason: they know their constituents believe these stories so they pretend they are trying to do something about it. Behind closed doors, though, the politicians are laughing at their constituents and marveling at how easy it is to get into power in America, and then stay in power.

  • teele

    Since they are so scared of the US armed forces down there, I think we can best alleviate their concern by having the Jade Helm soldiers pack up all the hardware we have down there in Dixie, bring it back up here to the states that paid for it, and then slap up a fence along the Maxon-Dixon line and padlock it behind them. No sweat, Johnny Reb VI, we won’t bother y’all no more.

  • wildbill

    See this is all a diversion. abbott and conservatives are using jade helm to create a panic in texas, they will have the texas guard (that is why they are being deployed, to “monitor” the exercise) close the borders. The trains with shackles will be used to round up all the opposition (they have been keeping lists) and will be transported to forced labor camps (like the closed walmarts) or re-education camps. Once abbott and conservatives have complete control, texas will become an theocracy and its name will change to f*@#nutistan.

  • lanir

    Ah. Cruz one-upped Paul there. You can see he did a slight diversion then rammed home the real issue; accusing Barack Obama of the gross crime of BPWB (being president while black). He’ll definitely get more credit with the conservative crowd that way.

    Coincidentally this article helped me finally figure out what conservatives are conserving: it’s dementia obviously.

  • eric

    @4:

    You have to admit though, Jade Helm is a weird name.

    It goes back at least to the cold war days, when the US basically used a random phrase generator to assign code names to various classified weapons tests – and it may be older than that. Whatever the practice’s cultural origin, its pretty common now. See here for an example of some EPA exercise names. I particularly like Dingo King and Ruby Slippers.

  • scienceavenger

    Once again, even granting the ridiculous assumptions here, this doesn’t make sense even on the wingnuts terms. OK, so you are going to try to take over a state, occupy it, and declare martial law. And the first state you are going to try this in is Texas? Really? Where we have more guns than people? Obviously they’d do this first in one of them there disarmed yankee states, and save Texas for last.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    I’m guessing Jade Helm is Matt Helm’s daughter.

  • weatherwax

    You’re all fools. It’s already over. Five ago Pres Obama seized Texas and put the entire population into EPA camps in Utah (’cause he gave Texas back to the Mexicans). The libral press has been covrin it up, but the truth is finlly comin out.

  • Michael Heath

    Raging Bee writes:

    Ah yes, Rand Paul, the same guy who tried to stir up fear of diseases from Darkest Africa by saying you could get ebola at a cocktail party. Still think this guy is going to inject any new thinking into the Republican Party?

    Well, he strikes a slightly different pose; but the dance remains the same.

  • StevoR

    Jade helm reminds me of Jade masks – traditional Mayan funeral masks and when you combine that with what (#3 )Dingojack said about sending these klowns off to find mythical wonders and monsters may I suggest we send them to seek the Mysterious Cities of Gold and find their way around the Jade Mask seen here? :

    http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/376472131804/Mysterious-Cities-Of-Gold-The-Jade-Mask

    (18 minutes 23 seconds mark in with bonus doco of real example at the 25 minute 15 second mark.)

    It even has the virtues of being easy for them to find (kinda) Apparently the “real” ‘Cibola” were the Zuni pueblo although they are a bit late being were beaten to it by Francisco Coronado and before him the real “Esteban” – a black Moorish slave. But we could tell those teablaggards to just keep looking after all .. all the gold (and jade) still has to be out there somewhere don’t it!? Could keep them nicely distracted for a while?

  • StevoR

    Rand Paul, the same guy who tried to stir up fear of diseases from Darkest Africa by saying you could get ebola at a cocktail party.

    Actually you could get ebola at a cocktail party -theoretically if you spent the cocktail party in close proximity with and sharing bodily fluids with – an ebola victim who happens to be at that same cocktail party. Of course, in practice meeting ebola patients there (& then choosing to share bodily fluids with them) seems astronomically unlikely. Especially now ebola seems to have again burnt itself out and is fading from the news though not after taking a horrible toll on mostly African lives. (If memory serves the ebola virus seems to be shifting into less lethal variants too but could be mistaken about that?)

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    You have to admit though, Jade Helm is a weird name.

    Sounds like a character in either “Hero” or “House of Flying Daggers.”

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Especially now ebola seems to have again burnt itself out…

    Where the fuck are you getting your information? Ebola didn’t “burn itself out,” it was suppressed by shitloads of hard, dirty, dangerous work, in multiple countries, over a long period of time, and last I heard (on NPR), ebola was down, but not out. I’ve never heard anyone with any credibility say ebola had “burnt itself out.” You really need to take a closer look at your “sources.”

  • dingojack

    eric (#14) – Damn, you’ve rumbled my ultra-secret plan to get appointed as KING OF THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!! (Mwhahahahaha!!!)

    (I’ve no idea what ‘Dingo King’ is — maybe it’s one of Wilde’s?)

    😉 Dingo Rex

  • scott

    Any chance all that troubleshootin’ and investigatin’ will uncover how Wal-Mart closed those stores to bust up nascent union activity?

    Nah, didn’t think so either.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Strange. I was under the impression that the United States already occupied the United States. It seems I was misinformed.